The claim was part of a statement released by the Administrative Secretary of the Commission on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun and made available to newsmen in Benin, the state capital.
It noted that the smart card reader was stolen during the training of presiding officers and assistant presiding Officers.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission, has observed the ploy to tarnish the good image of the good people of Akoko-Edo local government area especially the inhabitants of Igarra.
“It is a challenge for the people of Akoko-Edo to fish out the Impostor who during the training of presiding Officers and Assistant presiding Officers made away with the training smart card reader, which has not been configured for election.
“However, the Security Operatives are on the trail of the Impostor, and his co-horts.
“INEC is using this medium to send a warning signal to all those who may be planning to disrupt the commission’s processes on Election day to have a re- think, because the law enforcement agents will descend on them.”